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Mom accused of allowing toddler to smoke pot gets jail time

Mom accused of allowing toddler to smoke pot gets jail time
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CHEHALIS, Wash. -- The Centralia mother accused of allowing her 22-month-old son to smoke marijuana from a bong was sentenced Friday to 6-months in jail.

Cell phone video uncovered in March appears to show Rachelle Braaten's young son smoking from a bong, and prosecutors do not believe it was the first time he was exposed to drugs.

Prosecutors said a conversation captured on the cell phone video leads them to believe the boy may have smoked pot before.

"There's somebody saying, 'He does this every time,' and so that's obviously some cause for concern because it indicates that perhaps maybe this is something that's been repetitive," Lewis County Prosecutor Shane O'Rourke said in March.

After she was arrested, Braaten, 24, told police she felt peer pressured into letting her son smoke pot, according to court documents. The video shows several people in the house that night.

Officers also found 40 marijuana plants and a number of guns. Braaten's fiance, Tyler J. Lee, was arrested on suspicion of manufacture of marijuana and three counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, according to police.

Braaten pleaded guilty to two counts of violating a no-contact order and a count of delivery of a controlled substance.
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